• Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is improving three ramps and a bridge in SW Portland

    Project Overview

    The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is currently designing projects to improve the I-5 bridge at SW 26th Avenue and repair three ramps that access I-5 in SW Portland. These structural improvements will maintain and extend the life of our roadway system and give travelers a smoother ride.

    Learn more about this important project, visit the project webpage and sign up for updates at bit.ly/swi-5repair.

    Noise Variance Permit Notification

    ODOT is requesting a nighttime noise variance permit from the City of Portland (Title 18). Working at night is necessary to keep daytime traffic flowing on the heavily traveled freeway.

    Nighttime construction noise will take place periodically from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. and those working or living in the area may hear the noise. Noise will come from heavy equipment, construction trucks, beeping noise when vehicles are in reverse (a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and equipment such as concrete saws, drills and jackhammers.

    As part of the permit process, ODOT will present the noise variance application to the Noise Review Board on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6 p.m. This meeting is open to the public.

    If you have noise-related concerns or feedback about this project you want considered by the Noise Review Board, you can:

    Project Schedule

    We expect construction to start in summer 2021.

    More information will be sent to residents and businesses in the project area before construction begins, including a noise hotline you can call to help resolve noise-related concerns 24 hours a day.

    Project Area

    I-5 Bridge On-ramp Project Area Map

    Project Benefits

    • Maintain and extend the life of infrastructure:
      This work will extend the life of the transportation system. Ramp repairs increase capacity to handle daily traffic loads, while a bridge improvement will better sustain a major event, such as an earthquake.
    • Smoother ride for travelers:
      An improved roadway will provide a smoother ride for 120,000 drivers who use this stretch of I-5 every day, causing less wear and tear on drivers’ vehicles.

    Questions or comments?

    Hope Estes 
    Community Affairs Coordinator

    For more information, visit: bit.ly/swi-5repair

  • OTA President & CEO, Jana Jarvis